Monday, 15 June 2009


Yesterday saw us engaging in a cycle trek to Asfordby. Originally we intended the final destination to be Melton Mowbray, but a combination of bad map reading and hills caused us to truncate our journey here.
We both found Asfordby a little disappointing. After pretty little village after village on our cycle through the Wolds to settle on Asfordby is kind of anti-climactic.
If you do ever get sidetracked on the way to Melton I would advise that you don't plump for this rather ugly little piece of suburbia as a substitute.

Wednesday, 10 June 2009

Monday, 8 June 2009

Network Forwarding

To me Networks are a black-art. So when I arrived upon the problem of connecting a newly acquired non wireless enabled Apple Mac to the internet which is on a wireless router I knew I would have a problem.
My proposed solution was to have a network cable between the Mac and one of the NICs in my Linux box (which is wireless enabled). Wiring this up wasn't a problem - the hard bit came when I needed to configure the system to route properly. Step by step here's what I did...

  1. Configure the Mac with an IP address, say
  2. Assign the NIC IP address in my Linux box to another address on the network, say
  3. Back on the Mac, set the router to point to the Linux NIC ( and the netmask to Set the gateway to your internet router gateway IP (ie
  4. Set IP forwarding on the Linux box.
  5. Add an entry to your router table on the Linux box which will direct all packets targeted for the Mac to the NIC card to which the Mac is connected (netmask
  6. Send all other IPs with address 192.168.11.x to your wirless NIC.
  7. Set the default Gateway to the internet router address (
  8. From the Mac you should now be able to ping your NICs on the Linux box but not or anything outside.
  9. Finally, to solve this probem, use the ARP Proxy settings to make the Linux NICs forward messages from the Mac.
Needless to say I would never have worked this out without the intervention of my good friend and Network Guru Steve Glass.

Wednesday, 3 June 2009


Just for the record; bought a new tyre today after a severe rear puncture in Thorneywood. Evans Cycles is a good source of Specialized Armadillo 700x25C , my favourite tyre.